During the meeting with leaders of Baltic States in Brussels, US President Joe Biden confirmed his country’s support and readiness to take part in the effective deterrence and enhancement of the region’s defence amid geopolitical tension is on a rise on NATO’s eastern flank, as reported by the Office of the Lithuanian President.
As noted in a statement released later by the White House, the US president emphasized strong support for the safety of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as the entire Baltic region.
The four leaders agreed to further enhancing political, military, and economic partnerships, including working together through NATO to resolve challenges posed by Russia and China, it mentioned.
Latvia was represented by President Egils Levits, Lithuania by President Gitanas Nauseda, and Estonia by Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.
Gitanas Nauseda noted the importance of the meeting for Baltic States, saying «USA understands the threats Baltic States have to face, and understands that Russia’s behaviour is becoming more aggressive and it is trying to integrate Belarus into its military structures. We received affirmation that USA believes our region is strategically important to the alliance and that it is important to enhance deterrence and safety.» «I am convinced that [US] President Biden will present an unambiguous message to his Russian colleague [Vladimir] Putin about the unity and cohesion of NATO when it comes to reaction to Russia’s unfriendly and aggressive actions.»
Lithuanian president emphasized during the meeting that US participation in efforts to enhance the region’s safety and defence is «the most important factor in deterring Russia».
«We would like a bigger presence of the US military in Lithuania and Baltic States in general – it would be the best and biggest affirmation of attention for the safety of our region,» Nauseda’s statement to the press mentioned.